Bad start in Baltimore
The streaks just keep coming for the 2012 Seattle Mariners.
Fresh off a 7 game winning streak, they lose two of three in New York, then their next 4 after that as well, before finally beating the Angels in Anaheim over the weekend.
As long as the Mariners can pretend to play spoiler a bit, and I think we did last week by letting the O’s keep pace with the sweep, then I will be a happy camper.
Especially if we can somehow manage to keep the Angels out of the wild card hunt, and simultaneously help the A’s or the Orioles get back to the post season.
I know it’s not right to root for a division rival, but honestly, how can anyone really hate the A’s?
With that, I give you my top 10!
#10: That didn’t take long
I hope the folks down in Everett didn’t get too accustomed to the play of Mike Zunino, because he’s already on the move.
As thought by myself, and others, Zunino is being fast tracked up to the next level with barely a month under his belt in pro ball.
I really believe he will have an invite to spring training next year with the possibility of making the club.
#9: Viva Las Vargas
Jason Vargas was back to his winning ways Sunday after taking off his last start.
The win was just what the doctor ordered for the M’s after the rough start to the week they had.
Going toe to toe with the staff ace of the Angels and getting the win in their ballpark has got to be a great feeling, especially when they are in the wild card hunt.
#8: Speaking of off nights
In what has become a rarity in the past few months, Felix Hernandez blew a lead!
And not a one run lead either, a five, yes count ’em, five run lead.
The M’s went on to lose the game to the Halos by a score of 6-5.
#7: Jack Z proving all of us wrong
I do, clearly.
And in the past month or so, John Jaso has been showing us why it was a clever move to keep three catchers on the big league roster for so long.
Miguel Olivo is probably gone after this year, as shown by his diminished role lately, but Jaso and Montero will be battling it out come spring for seniority behind the plate.
#6: Eric Wedge getting fired up
Nothing spells a losing team quite like the fact that their manager hasn’t put up a fight for them in two years.
That all came to an end on Tuesday night when Eric Wedge got all up in the face of umpire Brian Knight.
We lost the game, but at least we got a spark out of our manager for once.
Maybe he really does believe in these guys after all.
#5: New bar maid?
Everybody’s favorite success story just got a bit better this week.
M’s closer Tom Wilhelmsen and his wife gave birth to a baby girl on Friday.
The event caused Wilhelmsen to miss the teams game, but he was quickly flown back to join them on Saturday.
Talk about loyalty!
#4: Ryan back
After missing four straight games with a bruised elbow, M’s short stop Brendan Ryan was finally given the go ahead on Friday night.
This should help the M’s defensively going forward.
#3: Good luck Chuck
Skipper Eric Wedge believes he will need at least one more game under his belt with the AAA club before coming back up to Seattle.
#2: Thames thankful for opportunity
And why wouldn’t he be?
The M’s basically saved him from the mediocrity of the Pacific Coast League, and made his dreams come true; being a Major League ballplayer.
Don’t get lost in emotion Eric, we have a lot of work to do still.
#1: Obligatory Guti injury reference
Franklin Gutierrez is still out.
Well there you have it kids, another week in the books.
Hopefully next week there will be some fun stuff to report, like more than two wins!